Sustainable house in Costa Rica built with shipping containers

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Designed by the architect Maria José Trejos this house was born in Costa Rica, built using 8 40′ shipping containers. Thanks to the use of the shipping containers the house was built in 20% less time than usual.

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It’s a house located in the middle of the nature, made with 8 shipping containers and of 2 stories high, which also involves a cedar tree in the inside garden. The containers are used in the sides of the house creating the private rooms and leaving in the middle a double height space of a common use, it is a multipurpose space that can be used both as a rest area and as an exhibition hall. The double height allows the cross ventilation and the natural lighting, thanks to the superior windows and its west facade made entirely of glass.


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the north façade is protected with bamboo panels that can be removed or added depending on the influence of the sun. Thanks to the kindness of the Costa Rican clima, it has not been necessary to insulate the walls of the containers.

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The kitchen and dining room connect directly to the garden where is the cedar.

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